Wine On The Rhine with Heather Bambrick | April 18 - 25, 2024  REGISTER NOW!

Itinerary

On AmaWaterways river cruises, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes and Special Interest Tours. We always include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.

 

*All shore excursions, tours and add-ons are in CAD and are subject to availability.

DAY 1
Basel, Switzerland – Embarkation

Board the ship in Basel for your Enchanting Rhine cruise.

DAY 2
Breisach, Germany

Activity Options:

Riquewihr Excursion, or
Freiburg Excursion, or
Black Forest Hike, or
Breisach Wine Country Bike Tour

Step back in time with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr, which looks almost the same as it did in the 16th century. On your walking tour, admire historic architecture as well as famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, you may wish to go to Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral said to have “the most beautiful spire on earth.” Those wishing a more active excursion can cycle through the scenic countryside, or go on a hike to the Black Forest, a magical land full of cultural traditions.

 

*Please Note: Black forest hike is weather dependent and may only operate at certain times of year. Please refer to your final documents for details.

DAY 3
Strasbourg, France

Activities:

“The Gem of Alsace” Tour, or
Strasbourg Bike Tour

Strasbourg, the capital city of Alsace, offers flavours of both France and Germany because of its borderline location. Enjoy a panoramic tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République. Then walk through its iconic UNESCO World Heritage “La Petite France” district, which appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Wander through these charming streets and past the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. For the active adventurer, you can take a guided bike ride through this captivating city and Parc de l’Orangerie.

DAY 4
Ludwigshafen, Germany – Rüdesheim

Ludwigshafen Activities:

“Romantic Heidelberg” Excursion, or
Heidelberg Philosopher’s Hike
, or
“Secrets of Speyer” Bike Tour
, or
Ladenburg Bike Tour

    Rüdesheim Activities:

    Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, or
    Rüdesheimer Coffee

      Ludwigshafen is your gateway to a choice of three excursions. Visit Heidelberg, the perfectly preserved medieval city nestled in the Neckar River Valley along Germany’s Castle Road. Discover the iconic red sandstone Heidelberg Castle and Great Vat, an 18th-century 49,000-gallon wine cask.


      For a more active adventure while in Heidelberg, join a guided hike up the Philosopher’s Path, aptly named during the Romantic Period, and be rewarded with panoramic views of the city. Or ride along the river Neckar to the medieval town of Ladenburg where you’ll have some free time to explore the shops and quaint Marktplatz.


      Alternatively, you can visit one of Germany’s oldest cities, Speyer, known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and the medieval Altpörtel, Old Gate.

      Later in the day, sail to Rüdesheim where you can visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer Coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy.

      DAY 5
      Rüdesheim, Rhine Gorge, Lahnstein

      Rüdesheim Activities:

      Gondola Ride and Wine Tasting, or
      Vineyard Hike, or
      Guided Bike Tour of the Rheingau

        Rhine Gorge:

        Castles along the Rhine Scenic Cruising

          Lahnstein:

          Lahneck Castle Visit

          Your exploration of Rüdesheim continues with your choice of three excursions. Take a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the river. Afterwards, indulge your taste buds with a sampling of Riesling wines in the vineyards. If you prefer a more active adventure, hike through Rüdesheim’s vineyards, taking in views of the town, the Roman Bridge and Bromersburg Castle. Or join a guided bike ride through the town and along the Rhine River. During the afternoon, set sail along the scenic Rhine River Gorge with its fabled legends and many castles to Lahnstein where you’ll enjoy a visit to Lahneck Castle.

          DAY 6
          Cologne, Germany

          Activities:

          “Holy City” Walking Tour & Cathedral Visit, or
          Kölsch Beer Tasting
          , or
          Cologne Bike Tour

            Home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral, this 2,000-year-old city is also a bustling cosmopolitan hotspot. Join a guided tour through the enchanting Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral, where the remains of the fabled Three Kings—the Magi— are believed to rest. Alternatively, ride a bike along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten; or visit a local tavern to taste Kölsch beer and reibekuchen mit apfelmus—potato pancakes served with applesauce.

            DAY 7
            Amsterdam, The Netherlands

            Activities:

            Canal Cruise Tour, or
            “A Taste of Amsterdam”

            Amsterdam boasts amazing history, art, architecture, and museums, and you have a choice as to how you wish to explore it. The famous canals of Amsterdam await discovery on your city tour beginning with a scenic canal cruise. If you prefer exploring the world with your taste buds, stroll past traditional canals, gabled houses, narrow bridges and house boats to taste Dutch specialties at a grand Amsterdam café.


            *Depending on docking location, A Taste of Amsterdam may not operate; therefore, an alternative tour will operate instead.

            DAY 8
            Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Disembarkation

            Bid Farewell to Amsterdam and prepare for your homeward flight.

            Optional Add-Ons

            Extend your stay with optional land packages

            *All shore excursions, tours, and add-ons are subject to availability.

             

            Pre-Cruise

            Add two nights in Zurich & two nights in Lucerne from $2,135 CAD pp

            • 3 or 4-nights hotel stay, including all hotel taxes, baggage handling at the hotels, & daily breakfast.
            • Walking tour in Lucerne, Lion Monument and medieval city walls, Scenic Lake Lucerne cruise “Little Big City Tour” of Zurich. (Excursions subject to availability.)
            • All transfers motor coach between the hotels, if applicable, and the hotel and vessel in Basel.
            • English-speaking AmaWaterways host at the hotels and a welcome reception at your hotel.

            Post-Cruise

            Add two nights in Amsterdam from $1,080 CAD pp (during the Famous Tulip Festival)

            • 2-night hotel stay, including all hotel taxes, baggage handling at the hotels, & daily breakfast.
            • City walking tour of Amsterdam, Aalsmeer Flower Auction, Keukenhof Gardens Tour. (Excursions subject to availability.)
            • Transfer from ship to hotel.
            • English-speaking AmaWaterways host or hostess at the hotel.

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            Wine on the Rhine with Heather Bambrick
            April 18 - 25, 2024

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